Yes, you read it right. Now you can run Crysis in DirectX 10 mode on your DirectX 9 graphics card or even no graphics card. It's obvious that game will run as a slide-show without the graphics card, but at least it is possible in Windows 7.
This will be possible with WARP10. It is a new component that will be part of DirectX graphics technology in Windows 7. WARP10 is a high speed, fully conformant software rasterizer. It is shipping in beta form in the November 2008 DirectX SDK. WARP stands for Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform.
WARP10 is not a replacement for graphics hardware, particularly as reasonably performing low end Direct3D 10 discrete hardware is now available for under $25. The goal of WARP10 was to allow applications to target Direct3D 10 level hardware without having significantly different code paths or testing requirements when running on hardware or when running in software.
So the BIG question is, how well does it run Crysis? This is the benchmark results of WARP10 running 800×600 with lowest quality settings.
And compared to graphics cards…
Source: MSDN via iStartedSomething
Edited by Ultimate John, 26 November 2008 - 07:29 PM.